ABOUT LARRY FULLER
NEW YORK TIMES: MUSIC
Published: April 26, 2009
A Life Lived on the Side
by DEBORAH SONTAG
The quiet history of jazz sidemen is long and storied, and Mr. Fuller, at 43, has already earned a place there. He started his career as a baby-faced accompanist for the veteran jazz singer Ernestine Anderson and reached a personal peak in the final trio of the great bassist Ray Brown.
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LARRY FULLER has established himself as a world-class jazz pianist firmly rooted in the hard swinging traditions of mainstream jazz. Raised in Toledo, Ohio,
Larry Fuller began his musical studies at the age of 11 and immediately began showing
an aptitude and talent for jazz. Candy Johnson, a veteran of the Count
Basie and Duke Ellington Orchestras, took Larry under his wing both in
and out of school by hiring him for regular paying gigs when he was 13
and 14 years old. He became a regular on the Midwest jazz circuit playing
behind big-name artists and performing frequently in the nearby cities
of Detroit and Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Larry Fuller as a young man with his mentor,
Candy Johnson, on saxophone.
In 1988, Larry began working with vocal-great Ernestine
Anderson, and moved to Seattle as her pianist/musical director travelling,
performing, and recording with her worldwide through 1993, including her
Grammy-nominated CD, Now and Then, on Quest Records.
In 1994, Larry joined the hard swinging trio
of drummer Jeff
Hamilton, a 12-year associate of the Ray Brown Trio / L.A. 4, and
a member of the bands of Gene Harris, Woody Herman, Concord All-Stars,
and Oscar Peterson. Larry toured and recorded several CDs in the US and
Europe with the trio, working himself up the ranks of the jazz scene.
Larry Fuller at the Art Tatum Heritage Jazz
Festival with the late Ray Brown.
Photo by Larry Roberts
Through Larry's touring and jazz party performances,
he began playing with many other of jazz's most respected all-stars, including
several guest appearances with the exciting and world-renowned bassist
Ray Brown. In April 2000, Larry joined the Ray
Brown Trio full time. Ray's place in jazz history is well known, from
the days with Dizzy Gillespie's big band, to his long standing association
with Oscar Peterson, to his own hard swinging groups. Ray kept his trio
travelling around the globe practically year-round. Larry was the trio's
last pianist, and performed with Ray until his passing in the summer of
In October 2005, Larry joined the John Pizzarelli Quartet and now tours throughout the United States, Europe and Japan, performing classic pop, jazz and swing, while setting the standard for stylish modern jazz. View the current John Pizzarelli Quartet concert schedule at johnpizzarelli.com.
Larry Fuller has performed with Ray Brown, Harry "Sweets" Edison, Stanley Turrentine, Phil Woods, Clark Terry,
Herb Ellis, Marlena Shaw, Kevin Mahogany, John Clayton, John Heard, Bennie
Golson, Emily Remler, Jeff Hamilton, Jimmy Witherspoon, Eddie Harris,
Ernestine Anderson, Anita O'Day, Steve Allen, Regina Carter, Nicholas
Payton and others. He continues to appear at festivals, clubs and jazz
parties around the worldNorth and South America, Europe, and Asia.